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Creative Trends to Match Colors to Lighting in Your Kitchen

Creative Trends to Match Colors to Lighting in Your Kitchen


This guest post is written by Jay Harris. Jay is a Home Depot sales associate and a regular contributor to Home Depot’s blog. His interests include home lighting, home automation, and solar panels.

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The kitchen is one of the most active and important rooms within your house—one that gets quite a bit of attention when it comes to home makeovers. You’re in and out of the kitchen constantly. Between preparing meals each day or just grabbing a quick snack, it seems like you end up in the kitchen more than any other room. With this much foot traffic, it needs to be a room that looks decent and represents your home properly.

Lighting can play a big role in helping this come to fruition. Lighting also plays a big role in how your color scheme will set the mood for the room. Kitchens are meant to be inviting rooms—they entice the appetite and help you to relax and unwind from your day.

Let’s illustrate how light can play a role in making kitchens stand out.

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Drift Studio Table Design Contest Winners!

Drift Studio Table Design Contest Winners!


Thanks for another great contest everyone! We're excited to announce the talented winners and show off their winning designs. First, let's take a moment to thank the great folks at Drift Studio that helped put this contest together.

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Drift Studio is an incubator for design and product ideas. Their mission is to create elegant and thoughtful products that marry form and function while offering something more – the ability to personalize. Attention to detail, quality materials and craftsmanship form the foundation of furniture you can be proud of.

And now time for the much anticipated contest winners!

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Paint Chip Pals - Saving the World from Blah

Paint Chip Pals - Saving the World from Blah


Paint Chip Pals is a recently launched Kickstarter project and brainchild of Andrea and Cliff Currie, the creative minds behind HandMakeMyDay.com. Think adorable, paint-chip inspired, plush characters designed to add a bit of colorful personality to the everyday world of blah.

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Andrea and Cliff are trying to raise enough money so they can bring one of these inquisitive characters to life, and backers get the chance to choose which one it will be. Check out their project video to learn a little bit more about the people and ideas behind Paint Chip Pals.

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Drift Studio Table Design Contest :: Time to Vote for Your Favorites!

Drift Studio Table Design Contest :: Time to Vote for Your Favorites!


Howdy COLOURlovers! It's been so great to watch all of your amazing tabletop designs come in over the past week -- inspiring, to say the least. As with all good things, the entry period must come to an end so that we can continue with voting and get to those awesome prizes from the folks at Drift Studio.

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Drift Studio is an incubator for design and product ideas. Their mission is to create elegant and thoughtful products that marry form and function while offering something more – the ability to personalize. Attention to detail, quality materials and craftsmanship form the foundation of furniture you can be proud of.

One of their unique product offerings is the ability to upload your own designs to their website and create a table featuring your very own artwork. Talk about a great conversation starter when you have house guests!

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Drift Studio Table Design Contest

Drift Studio Table Design Contest


Howdy COLOURlovers! It's been a little while since our last contest, but we have a great excuse -- we've been working with the folks at Drift Studio to cook up something special we think you're going to enjoy. :)

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Drift Studio is an incubator for design and product ideas. Their mission is to create elegant and thoughtful products that marry form and function while offering something more – the ability to personalize. Attention to detail, quality materials and craftsmanship form the foundation of furniture you can be proud of.

For this contest, Drift Studio is excited to engage the COLOURlover's community to help design tops for its new line of coffee tables, Riff Tables. A coffee table can be one of the most central focal points of a room's decor. Use your creative juices to create a conversation piece that will look great and display your unique personality!

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Colourful Bathroom Trends for 2012

Colourful Bathroom Trends for 2012


This guest post is written by Alex Jackson. Alex, who is a keen interior design follower, wrote this blog on behalf of Bathshop321 and frequently offers advice on interior trends, household improvements and repairs.

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Are you wondering which colour will be modelled by bathrooms this year? Whether you’re looking to update a main bathroom, powder room, or master bathroom, you’ve probably been pondering on which colours are trending this year. Easier said than done, right? Well in this post we’ll be seeing creative ways to replace tiles with textures, graphics, and colours -- ranging from dark and dramatic to ultra bright and vibrant. While large renovation makeovers require massive amounts of money and time, a quick lick of paint can brighten and update a bathroom in minutes. Here’s the low-down on the interior design and colour trends for 2012 and beyond.

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4 Ways to Color Your Yard with Light

4 Ways to Color Your Yard with Light


This guest post is written by Annie Josey. Annie is a blogger for Pegasus Lighting, a specialty lighting retailer committed to helping everyone have a positive learning experience in lighting. Annie is also a fellow color enthusiast, and has made it her goal to use lighting to brighten up the lives (and living spaces) of everyone she meets.

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Color-loving homeowners can have some of the most attractive abodes around. Their houses have vibrant front doors and their yards gush with lively flowerbeds. Perhaps they have colorful bird feeders hung from porches or trees, or bold mosaic tiles around swimming pools and along walkways. They outfit their decks with bright chairs and whimsical umbrellas to shade them from the sun, but what happens when the sun goes down, and all that lovely color falls into shadow?

If you’re one of these homeowners, losing out on all your favorite shades the minute the sun sinks down might seem tragic. But, with the right outdoor lights, you can keep your favorite colors looking vibrant AND compliment your décor with even more color.

Here are 4 ways to add to and enhance your yard’s hues with light:

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Creative Trends to Match Colors to Lighting in Your Home Décor

Creative Trends to Match Colors to Lighting in Your Home Décor


Today's guest blog is written by Jay Harris. Jay is a Home Depot sales associate and a regular contributor to Home Depot’s blog, where he provides advice on topics such as standard light bulbs and LED light bulbs, as well as other home-lighting themes.

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Picking out a room’s colors can be quite an ordeal. Most of the time, you’re struggling against a common opponent—lighting. However, I’ve found that most people only concern themselves with being aware of the lighting in the paint store, and how that changes the color they see in front of them.

When you bring your color home, there is a pretty good chance it can vary from room to room as well, all due to different color temperatures in your bulbs. Now…why would they do such a thing? Aren’t all the light bulbs in my house supposed to be the same color?

With newer lighting technology come new advancements in color and a wider array of choices. CFL and LED bulbs are available in at least three different values: Soft White, Bright White, and Daylight. Each provides you with the light that you need, but offers it at varying “temperatures.”

source: homedepot.com

So what’s the strategy for getting your color palette to match up with your lighting? First, you’ll want to plan out the look you want for the room in question — the rest falls into place from there.

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The Running of the Colors

The Running of the Colors


The Color Run is more than just a run, it's an experience. In fact, the whole running part is not really the focus -- it's more about having an insanely fun, colorful day with friends and family.

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The Color Run takes place throughout the year in various locations across the United States and is open to all ages, shapes, sizes, and skill levels. United in their love of all things color, the participants must follow two simple rules: 1) wear a white (blank canvas) at the start, and 2) finish the run splattered in colorful goodness.

We recently had Team COLOURlovers participate in the San Francisco event and, well, you can see just how much fun they had in the photos below.

COLOURlovers Run Crew:

Bubs
Kaili & Baby Lele
Aaron
Emily
Rob
Janette & Baby Viv
Jon
Ethan
Molly
Ryan

Don't forget to check for your city on the schedule of upcoming runs, they even have dates listed as far out as July 2013! Chances are we'll be at a few more of the runs this year and then we'll be gearing up to do it all over again. :)

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Seaglass Inspired Interiors

Seaglass Inspired Interiors


Today's guest post is from Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting. Founded in 2002, Arcadian Lighting started selling decorative home lighting fixtures and lamps online, and has become one of the top Internet retailers for home lighting products. Visit their website and cool blog for more information.

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No matter the season, classic coastal inspired interiors can work year round. Gorgeous seaglass, the beachcomber's treasure, is a fantastic palette for a coastal interior. Blues, greens, whites and browns recall warm days spent at the beach.

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The most common colors of seaglass are white, green, and brown, but it is blue seaglass that most of us think of when we imagine seaglass. This living room has a lively mix of seaglass colors.

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Green seaglass comes in a range of hues from deep bottle green to pale citrus green. Bottle green walls and curtains make the bright blue accents pop in this dining room.

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The most common seaglass is white in color. It begins its life as clear glass and the color comes from the pummeling of sand over time. Matte white with sparkling blue glass accents give this dining room the look of seaglass.

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Warm woods look perfect next to seaglass colors and recall the beaches where seaglass is discovered. The warmer tones of the wood are a nice complement to the cooler blue and green tones. Even one of the lovely vintage light fixtures is touched by a seaglass blue.

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Seaglass blues and greens give this bedroom beachside charm. The onion pattern of the headboard also reminds us of the organic shape of seaglass.

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Pale blue painted furniture with an aged finish is inspired by coveted blue seaglass. Warm toned accents along with deep greens turn this entry into a lovely seaglass inspired space.

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Pale buttery cream is a lovely neutral to pair with seaglass colors. Blue and greens stand out against the yellow undertones. Crisp white is the perfect accent color.

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Pale seaglass blue and white form the foundation of this traditional style bedroom with its stylized ceiling light. The matte finish of seaglass is carried over to the wall color. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Discover even more perfect sea-inspired light fixture†products and design ideas by visiting Arcadian Lighting's website today!

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